Why is Indoor Air Quality Important? If your home is well sealed and insulated, it can be great for your wallet with lower utility bills. The downside is that it could lead to less than comfortable living conditions when the same air circulates over and over through your home. It can also result in humidity imbalances and make your home susceptible to damage from mold. What’s encouraging, though, is that that it’s possible to have an energy-efficient home that is also comfortable. Osceola Air, LLC in St. Cloud can help! Provide a constant flow of fresh air. To make your home as comfortable as possible and to reduce health-threatening pollutants, your home needs a continuous influx of fresh air. Opening a window isn’t always practical and can allow pollen and other allergens into your home. Investing in a whole-home ventilation system is a better idea. It mixes fresh outside air with your conditioned indoor air. Keep humidity under control. For optimal comfort and health, we suggest keeping your home’s relative humidity levels between 30% and 60%. A thermostat with humidity control can help. Here are some symptoms that may indicate your home is too humid: Consistently damp areas Musty odors Condensation stains on the ceiling Condensation or frost on windows Sticky or clammy feeling in the air Peeling wallpaper You have to turn on your air conditioner more often to stay cool and dry Whenever the air in your home is overly dry, you can also have problems. In the wintertime, indoor relative humidity can plummet into single digits—much like that of the world’s driest deserts. These symptoms could mean that the humidity in your home is too low: Frequent allergies or respiratory illnesses Scratchy, sore throat or excessive cough Dry, irritated nasal passages Dry, itchy skin Chapped lips Static shocks Cracked, peeling wallpaper Warped or cracked wood Damage to household furnishings At Osceola Air, LLC in St. Cloud, we offer dehumidifiers and humidifiers that allow you to control humidity levels for your whole home. Call us at 407-477-6319 or set up an appointment online to see how we can help make your home its most comfortable!